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* AnimationBump: The special is animated using UsefulNotes/ToonBoom, similar to the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 2017]] movie. Justified as originally this was going to be a full-on theatrical sequel.

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* AnimationBump: The special is animated using UsefulNotes/ToonBoom, similar to the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 2017]] movie.movie, and the animation is more fluid and detailed than the TV show's standard Flash animation as a result. Justified as originally this was going to be a full-on theatrical sequel.


* SplashOfColor: As the Mane Six help the citizens of Hope Hollow, color returns to the surrounding objects.

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* SplashOfColor: The Mane Six themselves are splashes of color when they first arrive in Hope Hollow, where everything and everypony is DeliberatelyMonochrome. Any photographs that were taken in the past before the town lost its color also serve as this. As the Mane Six help the citizens of Hope Hollow, color gradually returns to the surrounding objects.


* MythologyGag: The wing bling isn't the first time that ''My Little Pony'' had wing coverings; in "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends Baby, It's Cold Outside]]", Megan made (less ornate) wing warmers for Surprise when the unexpected winter hit.

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* MythologyGag: MythologyGag:
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The wing bling isn't the first time that ''My Little Pony'' had wing coverings; in "[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends Baby, It's Cold Outside]]", Megan made (less ornate) wing warmers for Surprise when the unexpected winter hit.hit.
** The premise of the special (and the resolution to the central problem) is very similar to the ''Equestria Girls'' music video "[[WebAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsSummertimeShorts Good Vibes]]", in which the Rainbooms restore color to each other and their other friends in a DeliberatelyMonochrome setting via small acts of kindness and friendliness.


* SarcasmBlind: Rarity's strained comments on the terrible state of accommodations at the hotel fly right over Petunia's head. Doesn't Petunia know sarcasm when she hears it?

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* SarcasmBlind: Rarity's strained comments on the terrible state of accommodations at the hotel fly right over Petunia's head. Doesn't Petunia know sarcasm when she hears it?


* AnimationBump: The special is animated using UsefulNotes/ToonBoom, similar to the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 2017]] movie.

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* AnimationBump: The special is animated using UsefulNotes/ToonBoom, similar to the [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017 2017]] movie. Justified as originally this was going to be a full-on theatrical sequel.

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* ThePowerOfLove: Petunia's love for Sunny was also the reason that colors was restored to the town.


* SarcasmBlind: Rarity's strained comments on the terrible state of accommodations at the hotel fly right over Petunia's head.

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* SarcasmBlind: Rarity's strained comments on the terrible state of accommodations at the hotel fly right over Petunia's head. Doesn't Petunia know sarcasm when she hears it?


* RealityEnsues: Mr. Hoofington comments that due to the missing color, he has difficulty telling the difference between fresh and unripe apricots, causing his apricot pies to suffer in quality.


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* SurprisinglyRealisticOutcome: Mr. Hoofington comments that due to the missing color, he has difficulty telling the difference between fresh and unripe apricots, causing his apricot pies to suffer in quality.


* {{Revision}}: This special elaborates on the concept of "Hopeless Magic", which was first seen back in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony Part 2]]" but wasn't referred to by name or explored then. Like Twilight before them, the ponies of Hope Hollow lost all of their color due to the town collectively crossing the DespairEventHorizon. With help from the Mane Six, acts of kindness and friendship restored their hope, and restoring their color.

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* RealityEnsues: Mr. Hoofington comments that due to the missing color, he has difficulty telling the difference between fresh and unripe apricots, causing his apricot pies to suffer in quality.
* {{Revision}}: This special elaborates on the in-universe concept of "Hopeless Magic", which was first seen back in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E2TheReturnOfHarmonyPart2 The Return of Harmony Part 2]]" but wasn't referred to by name or explored then. Like Twilight before them, the ponies of Hope Hollow lost all of their color due to the town collectively crossing the DespairEventHorizon. With help from the Mane Six, acts of kindness and friendship restored their hope, and restoring their color.

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* DudeWheresMyRespect: Averted. Sketchiness aside, Sunny Skies knows of the Mane Six's general heroics and invited the group to Hope Hollow in hopes that their reputation can help him with generating enthusiasm for the Rainbow Festival.


* ThatsNoMoon: The Mane Six assume the "rainbow" they see is just a normal everyday rainbow before finding out too late its a rainbow ''billboard'' which destroys their balloon and sending them crashing down.


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* ThatsNoMoon: The Mane Six assume the "rainbow" they see is just a normal everyday rainbow before finding out too late its a rainbow ''billboard'' which destroys their balloon and sends them crashing down.


* ThatsNoMoon: The Mane Six assume the "rainbow" they see is just a normal everyday rainbow. They are quickly proven wrong when the "rainbow" destroys their balloon and sends them crashing down.

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* ThatsNoMoon: The Mane Six assume the "rainbow" they see is just a normal everyday rainbow. They are quickly proven wrong when the "rainbow" rainbow before finding out too late its a rainbow ''billboard'' which destroys their balloon and sends sending them crashing down.


-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' I Spy with my little eye, a rainbow.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Great. We're playing that game now?
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' No, I really do spy a rainbow.

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-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' I Spy with my little eye, a rainbow.
-->'''Rainbow
rainbow.\\
'''Rainbow
Dash:''' Great. We're playing that game now?
-->'''Pinkie
now?\\
'''Pinkie
Pie:''' No, I really do spy a rainbow.



->'''Fluttershy''': Wait for it...
->[beat]
->'''Moody Root''': Got a ladder! We can just pick 'em from your side of the fence!

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->'''Fluttershy''': -->'''Fluttershy:''' Wait for it...
->[beat]
->'''Moody Root''':
it...\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Moody Root:'''
Got a ladder! We can just pick 'em from your side of the fence!


* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Rainbow Roadtrip'' through its general LighterAndSofter plot, animation, and theme, strongly invokes ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'' rather than the parent ''Friendship Is Magic'' series. The plot is very simple and laid back SliceOfLife fare with low stakes and there's [[NoAntagonist no villain]] or even an antagonist involved in this special whatsoever.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Rainbow Roadtrip'' through its general LighterAndSofter plot, animation, and theme, is a ''G4'' special that strongly invokes the tone and style of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3'' rather than the parent ''Friendship Is Magic'' series. The plot is very simple and laid back SliceOfLife fare with low minimal stakes or adventure elements and there's [[NoAntagonist no villain]] or even an antagonist involved in this special whatsoever.


* SomethingThatBeginsWithBoring: Subverted. Rainbow Dash thinks Pinkie Pie trying to play "I Spy" on the trip, until Pinkie reveals sees a real rainbow in the distance (It's Hope Hollow's Rainbow billboard).
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' I Spy with my little eye, a rainbow.
-->'''Rainbow Dash:''' Great. We're playing that game now?
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' No, I really do spy a rainbow.



* ThatsNoMoon: The Mane Six assume the "rainbow" they see is just a normal everyday rainbow. They are quickly proven wrong when the "rainbow" destroys their balloon and sends them crashing down.



-->'''Fluttershy:''' Wait for it...\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Moody Root:''' Got a ladder! We can just pick 'em from your side of the fence!

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-->'''Fluttershy:''' ->'''Fluttershy''': Wait for it...\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Moody Root:'''
it...
->[beat]
->'''Moody Root''':
Got a ladder! We can just pick 'em from your side of the fence!


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* WrongTurnAtAlbuquerque: Played for Laughs. During the balloon trip, which is taking longer than usual, Rainbow Dash asks why the group [[AreWeThereYet haven't arrived at Hope Hollow]] yet. Applejack surmises that they look the wrong left turn at the last cloud instead of right.

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